On behalf of over a million FreedomWorks members nationwide, I urge you to cosponsor the “Repealing the Job Killing Health Care Law Act.” Introduced by Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC), this bill would repeal the deeply controversial health care law enacted last March.
Despite Americans loudly voicing opposition to the misguided health care law, it was rammed through last year with backroom deals and major tax increases. We need to fully repeal Obamacare because it will kill jobs, bankrupt the government, drive up everyone’s health insurance costs, put bureaucrats in charge of rationing our health care, and ruin the world’s best health care system. Polls have consistently shown that a majority of Americans want Washington to reverse the government takeover of health care and adopt a patient-centered approach.
Ten months after its passage, the new health care law has already done damage to our economy and way of life. Insurance premiums are soaring across the nation. By 2016, CBO predicts the average price of privately purchased insurance will be 27-30% higher for all Americans. Struggling American families will have to pay an average of $2,100 more for coverage.
The unintended consequences of the new health care law are heartbreaking. Due to a provision that insurance companies must charge the same rates for healthy and costly sick children, nearly every major insurance company has ceased offering child-only policies. Employer penalties in the law have led some major companies such as 3M to stop offering health benefits to retirees and low-income workers unless they are granted an exemption by HHS.
The worst is still to come. The new law will cost $2.6 trillion during its first 10 years of full implementation. Ultimately, it will create 159 new bureaucracies to control our health care. Most concerning of all, the law forces all Americans to purchase government-controlled health insurance by 2014. A federal judge has already rightfully declared this mandate to be unconstitutional. At a time when federal debt and deficits are at all-time highs, we simply cannot afford this massive new spending program. On January 19, the House passed a bill identical to Sen. DeMint’s by a vote of 245-189. Now the Senate must act on this crucial legislation. I urge you to cosponsor the “Repealing the Job Killing Health Care Law Act” today.
President and CEO
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